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teenagers. the president and first lady tries to keep it real. >> the president is an assistant coach on sasha's basketball team. that involvement with her, and with other young people is important to him and her. >> that hands on parenting will pay off in the long run, due to this expert who wrote a book called "all the president's children." they develop their own ideas and game plan for life. >> there will be the moments of youth glimpse, former first children are with their own established lives in journalism and working with charity organizations. while the world looks to the first lady and presidents, the bombs look to their lawyers with pride. >> like all parents of teenagers the adjustment will be for mr. and mrs. obama who like it or not have to prepare for something else. the empty nest.
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we wish both of those obama daughters only, only the best in these coming four years and indeed throughout their lives. you can follow what is going on here in the situation room on twitter, tweet me@wolfblitzer, and like us on facebook as well. the news continues next on cnn . hello everyone, don lemon, you are in the cnn newsroom, let's get caught up on the headlines of the day. riots erupted over a court decision, sending 21 people to death. at least 30 people were killed in clashes with security forces today. this all happened after the court sentenced 21 people for their role in a post game soccer riot last year, more than 70 people were killed in that
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right. thousands of people marched in washington today demanding tough new gun control laws, it's the first anti-gun demonstration since the newtown shooting. disgraced cyclist lance armstrong said he is ready to cooperate with a agency tasked with cleaning up doping in the sport. this announcement as the head of the u.s. anti-doping agency sat down with cbs to respond to armstrong's oprah confession. >> it's amazing. this guy, you could go to any kindergarten in this country or frankly around the world, and find kids playing tag or four-square and ask them what cheating is. and every one of them will tell you it's breaking the rules of the game. no real athlete has to look up the definition of cheating and
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it's offensive to clean athletes who are out there working hard to play by the rules. the usda wants answers giving armstrong until february 6th to talk to them, but the lawyer said that his busy schedule means that won't happen. long-time iowa democrat said he will not run for re-election in 2014. he served ten years in the house before his election to the senate in 1984, he is 73 years old. the president released a statement praising him on his work on health care. hundreds gather in st. louis today for the funeral of baseball hall of famer stan musial, he had 22 seasons with the st. louis cardinals of course among those attending, hall of famer, bob gibson, lou brock and ozzie smith and commissioner bud selig. and after tservice, family and
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fans placed a wreath at the statue of musial. a top story, hackers and internet vandals, they took over a u.s. website today. they replaced the page with text and videos and threats. the fbi is taking the breech seriously and we have details from washington. >> don, this move comes from hackers that call themselves anonymous, but it has caused the fbi to react. earlier this morning the commission's website was hacked and dee faced. the site was pulled down and it's being restored. the commission is going to have the site fully functional as soon as possible. hours of disruption after this. what the website looked like earlier in the day. as anonymous said it was declaring war on the u.s. government by targeting this
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website. it contained a long warning threatening to release sensitive information about the department of justice in what it calls war heads, these are named after supreme court justices. you may never have browsed ussc.gov, but they said that there's a reason that they select method website, to target -- selected this website. earlier today, the fbi said they were aware of the cyber attack as soon as it happened and they are handling it as a criminal investigation. don? >> emily, thank you very much. anonymous, a hacker group has inserted itself into several news stories. they took a stand in a rape case that hit a small down in ohio, posting a video of one of the suspects and encouraging large scale protests. president obama will make a appearance with 60 minutes on the exit of hillary clinton.
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>> why did you want to do this together? a joint interview? >> the main thing is i wanted to have a chance to publically say thank you. because i think hillary will go down as one of the finest secretary of states we have had. it has been a great collaboration over the last four years. i'm going to miss her. wish she was sticking around. but she has logged in so many miles i cannot begrudge her to want to take it easy for a bit. >> president obama named four women to senior level white house positions yesterday as he kick starts his second term. we take a closer look at the president's track record on women's issues. >> the same day he named denis mcdone that his chief of staff. >> he set up my staff. he was able to show me where the restrooms were -- >> president obama named four
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women to senior white house posts, including prosecutor lisa monico, no doubt a down payment on this assuring words. >> i suggest you wait until you see all the appointments, who is in my staff and my cabinet before rushing to judgment. >> even if women fill the remaining posts, there's the question of priorities. in the inaugural address, he promised to expand opportunities for gays, lesbians, immigrants and women. >> our journey is not complete until our wives, mothers and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. >> and on gay marriage, the president backs gay marriage and partner benefits. >> all must enjoy the same rights and same protections. >> he also met with immigration advocates, urging quick action.
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when it comes to women, nothing specific. >> i don't have a preview for you for future actions. but again, his record is strong on this. >> women were 58% of the electorate that brought him into office and you don't have a single policy agenda item you can point to? >> the president promises to women's equality is strong. >> there are bills that the president could press congress to pass now. the paycheck fairness act would make it easier to fight salary discrimination without losing one's job, and paid sick days and family medical leave that benefit working women. if congress does not act, the president can use executive action and require government contractors to implement the changes. the women's supporters in the women's movements are optimistic. >> i feel that the words that he said in the inaugural are not
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empty words. we intend to fight for it. there's no reason for it to be held up. >> the president has previously supported the payroll paycheck act. no doubt, women's issues will be on the agenda. the question is, where will it fall on the list of priorities? cnn the white house. >> all right, women will soon be on the frontline of war. and for many of the women, the lifting of the ban that kept them from serving in combat is a good thing, and others do not feel that way. we will talk to two people on opposite sides of the issue. and a fast train to nowhere. why the state of vermont is spending millions dollars on a not so high speed rail.
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>> one of the final battle lines for equal rights in the military has just been eliminated, this weekend, leon panetta lifted the ban on women in combat units. >> therefore today, general dempsey and i, are pleased to announce that we are eliminating the direct ground combat exclusion rule for women. and we are moving forward with a plan to eliminate all unnecessary gender based barriers to service. >> so, eliminating this ban is going to take time. the military now begins what officials call, quote, the
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assessment phase. they will examine all units and produce a time line. every three months leaders have to check in on progress, and if it's found that a woman is not fit for the unit, exemption may be sought. >> your mission for today, you are going to the village of -- >> thank you, thank you. >> we've intel that there's possibly three to five fighters out in the village. you are going to be going out with osi to do a source meet in the village with ahmed at the car garage, be aware that they are possibly armed with rpgs and small arms. ahmed, this is tech sgt. andrea
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jefferson's worst nightmare, taking on enemy fire and a comrade goes down. >> he is bleeding here, hold pressure on the wound. >> as an air force medic, she has been training for this moment for months. >> get him on the vehicle, and get him out of here. >> within minutes, the injured airman is bandaged up and moved out of the way. this is not afghanistan but it soon will be. in an air force base in south georgia. >> move! >> but in a matter of weeks, they will be on the front lines of battle in affeldtghanistan a they are ready. >> i felt like the warrior medic that i have seen in the movies. >> when her squad is called out, jefferson and the other women in her group will fight along side the men. >> the females, you know, we do everything that the men do, sometimes even better. >> they are members of the 820th
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base defense group from air assault, to ground combat, the group does it all. and that includes the women. their medics, their intelligence officers, their police officers. their current mission? >> to be a first in combat ready group. >> unlike the rest of the air force, we get to go outside the y. >> we have 137 individuals assi assign to our team, 99 of which are women. each and every one of the mission sets across the group are open to every individual that we have assigned here. regardless of gender, regardless of race. >> until this week, this opportunity was allowed only for the air force. but with secretary of defense leon panetta lifting the ban that kept women from serving in frontline combat positions, all the women will be there serving
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side-by-side with men. >> we have four different air force combat action medal recipients, three purple heart recipients and as well as four of our ladies have been entered the wounded warrior program. they all perform wonderfully across the board. >> it's amazing what you can do with the adrenalin is pumping, you turn into super woman. >> perfect people to talk about this, two great guests to bring in right now. a retired royal air force pilot and elaine, she is the president for the center for military readiness and has been working on the assignment of women in the armed forces. elai elaine, i will go to you first. you were on the administration with bush in 1992.
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was this on the radar then? >> yes, and we certainly recommended against that. a lot of things have changed. and we are proud of the women who have served. they work in many cases with women and children in those areas in the war that is going on right now. and they do things that men cannot do. intelligence, this is important work, it's very dangerous work. but, what we are talking about now is different. the tip of the spear, infantry, battalion, these are the ones that attack the enemy. they are all male for a good reason. we do not have women in this units and it's not a good idea to put them there. everyone is assuming the standards will be the same, they will be equal but they will not be the same. because general dempsey is said if the standard is too high and the women can't meet it, we will ask should it be so high and that's when the pressure to lower the standards will continue. he also asked for a critical mass of women. that will further lower the standards so that we can have more women in that unit.
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and then we have a diversity commission that says, we are supposed to have diversity metrics. that is another name for quotas and diversity for men will be contingent on that. >> so the audience is confused again, i know we are hearing, you are against the policy change. you do not see this as equality for women? >> it's about the military and their ability to be in combat and win wars, missions will be compromised if standards are lowered. we have a course for the marines and it's very tough. we've two women volunteers and we are very proud of them too, they tried their hardest but they did not succeed on the infantry officer course, according to what general dempsey said, are we going to start questioning that course, ranger training, other kinds of
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infantry, special operations forces, artillery and armer, are we going to say, if it's too high, the standard is too high for women, they said that we will question it and the pressure will be to lower the standard, that puts everyone at risk. now, the military is not there just for equal opportunity, it's there to defend the country and carry out the missions that are asked of them. >> okay. and one should not assume that every woman would be for this new policy and of course, that most men would be against it or some men would be against it. because, miky, you are all for this. tell me about your experience in the military serving along side women and why you are for it? >> don, i am. i think this is a very sensible well thought out approximapragm decision, and i think it's overdue. i served as helicopter pilot and served along side the u.s. forces in iraq, three times and afghanistan three times. i worked closely with women and
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commanded women in key roles and successful operations and all the evidence to me suggests and leads me to believe comfortably that the decision that the pentagon made is a very good one. and i just like to sort of pick up on elaine's point about the role of the infantry. she is right in saying that aspects of the infantry is indeed to hunt and kill the enemy. but i would also say that 21st century warfare has changed. 21st century warfare in recent experience? iraq and afghanistan is about winning hearts and minds, and a big role of the infantry now is about working with the locals and the locals are not just men, they are women and little girls. and i think the dynamic that a woman brings to a unit that is out in these roles, working with the local population is absolutely key and vital. >> okay, okay. >> that's what the women are
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doing right now. that is what they are doing and we are proud of them. >> elaine, i want to know, how you answer -- >> i want to agree with that. >> i want to know how you answer women who feel able to fight along their male counter parts and i want it after the break. >> okay. well, there is. [ male announcer ] it's called ocuvite. a vitamin totally dedicated to your eyes, from the eye care experts at bausch + lomb. as you age, eyes can lose vital nutrients. ocuvite helps replenish key eye nutrients. ocuvite has a unique formula not found in your multivitamin to help protect your eye health. now that's a pill worth taking. [ male announcer ] ocuvite. help protect your eye health.
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okay, we are back now with our guests discussing one of the most monumental changes in the u.s. military policy in recent history, the opening of the frontline, direct combat specialties to american women in uniform. i'm talking to miky, a retired military pilot and elaine, an
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opponent to this act. you have a problem with the way it was removed. you believe that congress should be involved in this, do you think the outcome would be different if congress is involved? the question that i ask you before the break, what about women who say they are perfectly qualified to serve along side men on the frontlines? >> well, 30 years of studies and reports that have been done indicate that when physical capabilities matter and they do in the direct ground combat units that we are talking about now, women do not have an equal opportunity to survive or to help fellow soldiers to survive. and i have to add, they are serving in harm's way. they do dangerous work and they do work with women and children, they do intelligence work. we are proud of that. but when you talk about the infantry, these are the guys that attack the enemy. and if you start changing the
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standards, and they will change. they will be lower to meet the diversity metrics, when you do that, you endanger people and complicate matters. i want to say something about the british experience, there was a test done in '97/'98 with women being treated the same, it ended at 18 months braus the injury rates for women skyrocketed, so they ended it, they went back to gender training and everything improved. there were two decisions made not to put women in combat in 2002 and 2008. by the ministry of defense. >> 1997 was 16 years ago and since then we have had -- >> 2002 and 2008. >> well we still had iraq and a afghanistan, i think when it comes to endurance, there was a 73-year-old japanese woman that made it to the top of everest,
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women are sailing around the world solo. i think when it comes to stomaching a lot of what infan industry soldiers have to see, they are having to pick soldiers that have lost up to four limbs at time daily. so everything that we have seen, this is not something new, women have been operating as helicopter pilots and medics, they are about to embark on american attack submarines. we are talking about the infantry and armor roles and it's about time. >> but, miky, no one is being sexist. i grew up in a family of all women and a single mother. no one is a greater fighter for women than me. but women for the most part are not physically as strong as men.
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and when you are on the battlefield, you want somebody as strong or stronger to help you out of the fox hole. it's simple reality, miky. >> i agree. what i'm not doing here is advocating that there should be a 50/50 split of women and men in infantry platoons. and let's be realistic about this. this is a slow transition. i -- >> michael, transition to what? >> this is going to be a transition to having women in armor roles. >> michael, transition to what? why? >> women have to have the opportunity, this is about opportunity, and i don't think the standards will be dropped that would compromise the fighting effectiveness of forces in afghanistan, it's about giving women the opportunity and if they make it through the training and if they make it through the selection, let's face it, there's not many women that want to do the job, those women that do, will be less as
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they go through training, it's about the opportunity. >> miky? >> go ahead, elaine. >> you mentioned the olympics, wonderful olympics in london, i did not see the female athletes as wonderful as they are competing against the men. when we watch the super bowl, we are not going to see diversity being imposed on super bowl teams because they want to win. yet our pentagon has called for diversity metrics and what -- what the general dempsey called a significant number or cohort of women to make it work and if a woman cannot make it, we will question the standards. this is indeed a gradual process. but it not being done for the right reasons. we have a military that defends the country. and we appreciate the british forces but the united states -- >> only the strongest and most -- >> kus me. >> only the strongest and most exceptional well will be allowed in combat, maybe the women that
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are physically as strong as women. >> that's the belief, but i will tell you how it works. if they do not advance diversity metrics they will be denied promotion. that is how it will work, all the pressure is on. everyone is saying that we will make it so women can succeed if the standard is too high. general dempsey said, then we will question the standard and then we will go for this critical mass. >> we have to wrap it up. >> that is how it works, i have watched it for decades. this is the politics of the pentagon and it's going too far. >> for give me, my last piece is, i don't think anyone is talking about compromising the ability to fight of a unit, what they are talking about is testing and adjusting. >> adjusting tests. >> if women pass the required levels that allow them to join
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an infantry unit, they should be given the opportunity. >> that will be the last word, thank you, great conversation, i will invite you both back and we will continue it. you should see my social media, it's going crazy, people are enjoying it and some of them are not enjoying both of you and my comments as well. thank you. >> thank you, don. >> thank you. >> jail break, caught on camera. rebel forces attack a prison in syria to free their own, the escape next. power down your little word game. i think your friends will understand. oh no, it's actually my geico app...see? ...i just uh paid my bill. did you really? from the plane? yeah, i can manage my policy, get roadside assistance, pretty much access geico 24/7. sounds a little too good to be true sir. i'll believe that when pigs fly. ok, did she seriously just say that? geico. just click away with our free mobile app.
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activists say that people have been killed across the country, more than 65,000 refuges packed a camp in jordan. they are working around the clock with the government of jordan to prepare a second camp for raf gees flooding into the country. it's expected to be completed in the next week and will be able to take up to 30,000 in the coming months. also happening in syria in a province, we are learning about a daring attack by rebel forces to free these prisoners. because of the problems reporting from inside syria, we have pieced together a story with footage up loaded to social media sites. watch this. >> first, they punch a hole in the prison's outer wall. dozens of rebel fighters pour through. god is greater they shout.
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taking up positions behind a second wall. heavy gunfire follows, there are casualties and one said that ten fighters were killed. the prison is like a fortress, detainees have been tortured here. twice a regime plane go overhead, and there are shots into the sky. the rebels are much better armed than they used to be. he described us as rats, but we are the lions, he and his gang are the rats. we are inside their strongholds. eventually they penetrate the prison's defenses, prisoners wave as gunfire echos through
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the compound. the rebels wrench the bars from cell windows. a few minutes later, a couple dozen prisoners are free and then the job of getting them to safety. all together, activists say that more than 300 have been freed. three rebel brigades have been active. it's the last major government controlled site west of the city of idlib, an area where the rebels are gaining ground. >> all right, tim, and it's supposed to be a higher speed option from point a to point b, but these train tracks are not moving passengers anywhere at all. why is the state spending in thes of tax pay payer dollars o
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project?
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>> your taxpayer dollars are may be going by on a vermont train that hardly anybody uses. drew griffin takes a closer look at the new rail line and tries to figure out why so many train seats are empty. >> it was a $50 million federal grant, tax dollars bringing high
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speed rail to vermont, taking new yorkers up to the countryside, listen and watch as the trains and your tax dollars go by. it's not that vermont has done anything wrong with the money, in fact, they did a pretty good job, they came in on time, on budget. they even got the local freight company to kick in another $18 million to improve the rails here. but the real problem is hardly anybody is riding the rails in vermont. i could stand here almost all day long, not ever worry about getting hit by a train. you can jog on the tracks, go to lunch without looking.
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>> ever worry about getting hit by a train? >> no. >> it's now 3:00, still no train. 4:00. the sun would set before we would see our first train. >> 8:44 and here it is. the first train that we have seen all day. and at the busiest station in all of vermont, 11 people got off, and no one got on. >> i'm coming here to visit friends and go snowboreding. >> how many did you have? >> on board? >> 95. >> 95? >> yeah. >> on average from the train from one end of vermont to the other carries 250 people a day on average. the next morning, the same train traveling south saw 13 people get on board, including andrew menke who is making the trip to new york. >> how long will it take you? >> nine hours. >> that is kind of a long time. >> probably five and a half to drive and seven on the bus and
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on the train. >> so the train is not your fastest route. >> not at all. no. but you have the most room, so it's the most comfortable. >> yeah. you wish it was much more high speed. >> i wish it was faster, yeah, high speed rail. >> that's the other part of the story, the high speed part. so what do you get for your $52 million share of the $70 million project? 28 minutes. that is right, the new train is less than half an hour faster than the old train. in some areas the train gets up to 79 miles an hour, but that is top speed and just for a portion of the trip. it's not necessarily high speed rail in the traditional sense that we are talking about. >> correct. >> it's a little higher speed. >> yeah, we dee fine it as higher speed rail up here. >> she is an assistant director with the vermont's department of transportation. >> so the intent was never to get the japanese style, european
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style bullet trains going through vermont? >> no. our train stops are too close together to get up to the speeds and then slow down by the time we get to the next station. >> if vermont did not get the high speed rail, why did they get high speed money? randall o'toole studies it. >> the federal government had one criteria when it was passing out high speed rail funds and that was, had states done an environmental impact statement so the projects would be shovel ready. >> vermont had a shovel ready rail project and the white house was ready to shovel out money. >> it didn't matter whether the project was worthwhile, all that mattered was whether they were shovel ready. >> as for the low ridership, it is actually up. she suggested that we had a bad day.
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if we waited until the martin luther king holiday, we would see a big crowd getting off at the station. >> we had 28 reservations coming in tomorrow night. >> 28? >> correct. >> all those people could fit on one bus. right? >> it could, but it's not their choice, their choice is rail. >> guess what else is coming to vermont? even more money from u.s. taxpayers for high speed rail. that in reality is making slow speed rail just a little faster. drew griffin, cnn, vermont. >> well the movie "jobs" comes out in april, we have the first clip of ashton kutcher as steve jobs. we will play the clip and you can decide if he pulls it off. [ female announcer ] what if the next big thing, isn't a thing at all?
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but he is in dubai, called away on some sort of comedy emergency, some breaking comedy news he had to fix. it's 81 degrees and there he is. we talked about the first glimpse from the movie named "jobs." it's ashton kutcher playing
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steve jobs. first, take a look at jobs in 1984. >> people will bring them home and work on them, and then they will leave to work some day and -- >> here is ashton, this is to create, and to build as artists and individuals. look, you are over reacting. even if you were developing this for freaks like us, and i doubt you are. nobody wants to buy a computer. nobody. >> how does somebody know what they want if they have they are seen it. >> does he look like the that 70s show? >> he does. he is now playing a dramatic role of steve jobs. i can only hope it's good. and apple can only hope it's good. i hope they want something
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positive for them. >> it's probably a bad sign that this clip gets released on the same day the stock tanks. >> you feel it's ashton kutcher's fault? you know apple will turn it around. >> i have to tell you this, i have heard the story over and over, the te tayou story. shild come up with an excuse as to why she could not meet you. as this happened, didn't you think there's something really fishy going on here? >> for me, i guess i was so caught up in the whole thing, it was like, okay, she can't see me. she gave me good reasons too. she'd say, my brother has my car or i'm in the hospital or i was
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not going to tell a person who just came out of a coma, you need to come up and see me right now. >> what is going on? are you buying his part of the story? do you even understand it? >> two things, first of all, i appreciate the lance armstrong scandal more, at least i understand that. a guy was taking enhancing drugs to perform better. this makes no sense to me. you know, he -- this guy is a huge football star. you could think he could meet women that, is why you become a football star, no? >> listen, it's tough when you are in the public eye sometimes to meet people because you never know why they like you and then you are worried about what people think of you. it's not as easy as you might think, you know that dean. >> i really don't have to worry. do you think this is fake? i mean the other theory -- >> i don't think that we are hearing everything from all sides. >> you think there's something more? >> some feel he is a closeted gay guy because of the football
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>> you may never own your own persistent private jet but that doesn't mean you can't fly in one every now and then. all it takes is a couple extra buck and your smart phone. >> private planes -- >> this is a challenger 300. we fly 8 to 10 passengers. >> jetselect is one of many companies that rent private planes to celebrities and ceos. >> athletes and corporate
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executives. >> increasingly available to anyone with a smart phone and cash. call it bringing first class a bit closer to the mass. one company whose app is making luxury travel more accessible, blackjet. >> the airlines are selling seats. if you had to book an entire airliner to fly somewhere, it would be phenomenally expensive. we take the seat model from the airlines and applying it for the first time to private aviation. >> black jet charters unused private planes from carriers like jetselect and sales the upscale seats. >> it's just an opportunity to put these in the air more and more passengers in the seats. otherwise, the people that blackjet is bringing to the table may not use our services. >> the hope is that blackjet will sell enough seats in a profit. >> in ten clicks you get a confirmation and you're guaranteed your seats. >> the savings can be substantial. and normally a chartered flight to the west coast would cost you $25,000 rrks but using blackset,
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you can actually share the plane and pay $3,500. >> there's a layer of wealth that doesn't quite a have the money to spend on booking a private charter but certainly could afford a seat on a private plane which is close to or a little bit more than a round trip first class ticket. >> josh ruben is able to fly private thanks to blackjet and he's enjoying the car. >> walked the dogs on to the planes. sat down. didn't have to turn my phone off. >> one of blackjet's founders also co-founded uber, which lets you rent a town car and driver through their app. another investor says we're just at the beginning of the smart phone revolution. >> it is spreading to multiple areas, so it sounds like a joke, but there's actually a coup of start-up that's doing uber for yachts. you can actually rent a yacht with the push of a button. >> rapper jay-z, ashton kutcher
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and will smith have sunk money into blackjet. you'll need to pay a $2,500 a year membership fee to start sharing your own private jet, but as more companies enter the space, the cost of renting luxury is sure to drop. >> to dream, to dream. laurie siegel is here with us. before we start talking about how you can do it on your smart phone, at the height of the recession, i remember -- i don't know if it was black jet, but other things like that, you would go to event, like charity events, right? and they would be giving away cards and coupons sfrom private jet companies like that in gift bags because people weren't taking private jets, they weren't taking yachts and people were trying to get private jets off the ground and people to use them. now the economy is picking up and they'll probably start using them again. >> yeah. i think now you have your smart phone and you can see okay, there's an actual -- before people didn't know how to use
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them or how to get there. now you have your smart phone and an app like this. okay, you can book a seat. this is how you do it. this is really the smart phone con neblgtding those dots. >> it's a luxury through your smart phone and it's called -- this one is called task rabbit. >> maybe we can't book a private plane, but let's say you need to find somebody help you pick up the groceries, you need to get a key to someone. you can get an app called task rabbit. you can go on there and say i need this done, this is how much i'll play. it will connect you with people in your community. okay, i'll do it for this amount. it's actually a way to really know some people in your community and people can make money on the side. i smoke with one woman who's actually supplementing her income and she was paying for school. so i actually did this a year ago, and i had a guy come and
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help me do my whole apartment and he was fabulous. it was really great. he painted a room red and i don't regret it. >> what's your twitter real quick? >>@lauriesiegelcnn. >> up next, a video you don't want to miss. e ♪ ♪ my friends, they do surround me ♪ ♪ i hope this never ends ♪ and we'll be the best of friends ♪ ♪ all set? all set. [ male announcer ] introducing the reimagined 2013 chevrolet traverse, with spacious seating for up to eight. imagine that. with multiple lacerations to the wing and a fractured beak. surgery was successful, but he will be in a cast until it is fully healed, possibly several months. so, if the duck isn't able to work, how will he pay for his living expenses?
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